In a survey reported by Forbes.com, it was found that 38% of teens polled reported feeling that they needed to cheat in order to get ahead. As a business owner, this should make you wonder how this attitude changes or progresses into adulthood.
As Barry Salzberg, CEO of Deloitte LLP, states, “we in business can no longer assume that employees come to us equipped with a fully functioning moral code.”
Experts say that employees must feel an internal need to comply with what they know is right. Keeping this in mind, it’s time to ask how business owners and managers can go about promoting good work ethics.
Clarify. Communicate clearly with your workers, so that they will understand your expectations. This isn’t just about instructing them on how to perform certain tasks, but why doing it in that manner is important.
Evaluate. Once you’ve made expectations clear, watch your employees put your instructions into action. Ensure that they have truly understood you, and follow up with them if changes need to be made.
Mentor. “In the moment” feedback is the best type to give to your employees. Just remember to reward publicly, but reprimand in private.
Radiate. If you believe strongly in certain ethical and moral points, then you need to live them out yourself. Set an example by celebrating your company values, hiring people who display those values, and incorporating them in company meetings and communications.
Maintaining and encouraging good work ethics within your company is an important part of Human Resources Management. At Sinclair Risk & Financial Management, we understand that human resource issues are an important component of an employer’s risk profile. Our Connecticut HR Consulting Services for employers are designed to reduce risks and overhead costs. What’s more, we work hard to assure that our clients can direct their business focus on revenue-generating concerns and maximizing bottom-line profits. Give us a call at 203.265.0996 for more information.